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DIY plastic surgery


12 July, 2007  

People performing DIY plastic surgery have an obession with celebritity culture, according to consultant psychiatrist Dr David Veale.

Some have cut their stomachs in DIY tummy tucks and others have used glue to pin back their ears. Dr Veale who works at celebrity clinic the Priory, said the cult of fame was leading people to focus on looks giving them “a totally distorted view of themselves”. The most extreme cases are often the result of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) which affects more than one million people in Britain.

This type of DIY plastic surgery is used by the “most depressed and most desperate people”, Dr Veale said at a conference in Bristol, UK.

Delegates called for plastic surgeons to work more closely with psychologists to protect BDD sufferers.